Playboy magazine will no longer feature nude pictures

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The famous and iconic men’s magazine is going to have its biggest change ever. Starting next year the famously known nude women magazine will no longer feature naked pictures on its pages.

The shocking decision, taken by Playboy founder and current editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner came during a meeting last month, and the magazine execs told the New York Times that the move will bring the publication more in line with modern thinking.

Playboy is described as an American men’s lifestyle and entertainment magazine and it was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates. It was funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner’s mother.

The magazine’s popularity quickly grew into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. It became one of the most recognizable brands in the world with the very iconic bunny logo being a known symbol for sex. Hefner has said that he chose the rabbit for its “humorous sexual connotation” and because the image was “frisky and playful”.

Although the magazine is best known for its racy and provocative pictures it also features interviews of notable public figures such as artists, architects, economists, composers, conductors, film directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, religious figures, politicians, athletes and race car drivers.

Over the years the growth of the Internet prompted the magazine to develop an official web presence called Playboy Online or Playboy.com, available online since 1994.

As part of the online presence, Playboy developed a pay site called the Playboy Cyber Club in 1995 which features online chats, additional pictorials, videos of Playmates and Playboy Cyber Girls that are not featured in the magazine.

But ultimately as times have drastically changed, the recent decision was based on the fact that people can now view adult and sexual content with just a click on their computers, phones and other digital devices.

Playboy chief executive Scott Flanders told the New York Times. “You are now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passe at this juncture,”

The once highly controversial magazine initially represented the quest for sexual liberation and freedom but in today’s world its executives also admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. “That battle has been fought and won,”

Playboy chief content officer, Cory Jones, is aware of the controversial decision stating “Don’t get me wrong… 12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do’’.

This news also comes as the magazine popularity has severely declined in recent years with Playboy’s print circulation dropping to about 800,000, from the once massive 5.6 million it had in 1975.

Throughout the years the magazine has featured a long list of famous female celebrities on its pages such as Marilyn Monroe, Bo Derek, Sharon Stone, Cindy Crawford, Elle McPherson, Charlize Theron, Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan just to name a few.

The change will go into full effect with the March 2016 issue. The magazine will be adopting a cleaner look. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but Jones states that the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said.

It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.

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